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This Homily was given by the then-Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali, on April 2, 2005, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the day Pope John Paul II died.

This Homily was given by the then-Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali, on April 2, 2005, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the day Pope John Paul II died.

April 19, 2020

We continue to celebrate the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Church calls this feast the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday. By his Resurrection, Jesus not only conquers sin and death but he also gives the Church the Easter gift of the forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Confession, which is the supreme act of Divine Mercy.   

The gift of Divine Mercy is the greatest gift of God’s love, but it is his love in the face of our needs, our weaknesses, our limitations and especially our sins.   
The following homily was given on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998 by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

The following homily was given on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998 by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

April 12, 2020

In the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, the Church experiences a great challenge to joy and thanksgiving. All who embrace in their life the crucified and risen Christ have the forgiveness of sins. The Church exults in the proclamation of Psalm 118: “This is the day the Lord has made.” In the Death and Resurrection of Jesus we have the supreme expression of Divine Mercy.

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Saturday, April 11, 1998 in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Saturday, April 11, 1998 in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

April 11, 2020

The Holy Saturday liturgy presents to us the first announcement of the Resurrection of the Lord: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The Easter message challenges us to die to sin and to live for God. St. Paul gives us the great assurance that Baptism associates us with the Death and Resurrection of Christ. 

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St. Louis on Good Friday, April 10, 1998.

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St. Louis on Good Friday, April 10, 1998.

April 10, 2020

The Church celebrates the Death of Jesus, gratefully acknowledging his Cross as the great sign of victory over sin and death. In the liturgy the Death and Resurrection of Jesus become our destiny and our triumph. The Church is proud of all the actions of Christ but her greatest boast is the Cross. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. 

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday April 9, 1998 in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

The following homily was given by the then – Archbishop Justin Rigali during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday April 9, 1998 in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

April 9, 2020

On Holy Thursday the Church proclaims Christ’s Institution of the Eucharist, Christ’s Institution of the Priesthood and his great example of humble and loving service. The supreme act of his service is his Paschal Mystery through which he brings about the redemption of the world. 

The following homily was given by the then-Archbishop Justin Rigali during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

The following homily was given by the then-Archbishop Justin Rigali during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the Cathedral in St. Louis.

April 9, 2020
At the Chrism Mass the Church extols the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Through the blessed Oil and consecrated Chrism the Holy Spirit sanctifies the faithful and enables them to fulfill their Christian vocation according to God‘s will.
Homily given by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Palm Sunday, 1998 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Homily given by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Palm Sunday, 1998 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

April 5, 2020

The Church prepares us to journey together with Jesus to Calvary. We are invited to experience with him his Suffering, Death and Resurrection. Through his Cross, Jesus is reserving for us a share in his Paschal Victory.

Homily given by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, January 1st 1999 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Homily given by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, January 1st 1999 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

December 31, 2019

On January 1, in her celebration of Mary Mother of God, the Church proclaims Jesus Christ as both Son of the Eternal Father and Son of the Virgin Mary. The Church recognizes in the Incarnation of the Word a wonderful exchange between divinity and humanity that helps the world understand more fully the identity of the Child born in Bethlehem. 

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali at Midnight Mass on Christmas 2009 at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali at Midnight Mass on Christmas 2009 at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

December 24, 2019

On Christmas, the Church proclaims the great meaning of the feast as a wonderful exchange. Through Jesus Christ his Son, God takes on our humanity and gives us a sharing in his divinity. In this way all humanity is forever sacred.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 2, 2002 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 2, 2002 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

June 21, 2019

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi gives us the great opportunity to renew our holy Catholic faith in the Eucharist.  The Eucharist is the Sacrament given us by our Lord Jesus Christ which re-presents his Sacrifice on Calvary.  In it Jesus also gives us his Body and Blood as our food and drink.  In this Sacrament he likewise remains present with us even after the celebration is complete.

In the Eucharist, the Church offers adoration to the Lord—the adoration that can be given only to the living God.  To celebrate worthily Corpus Christi is to live the Eucharist in its full meaning and to possess eternal life as Jesus promised us.

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 29, 2018

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 29, 2018

March 30, 2018

On this great feast of Holy Thursday, the Church emphasizes three actions of Our Lord Jesus Christ: His institution of the Holy Eucharist, His institution of the Sacred Priesthood and His giving us the great example of loving service.

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali - Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament - Eucharistic Congress, Diocese of Knoxville, September 14, 2013

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali - Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament - Eucharistic Congress, Diocese of Knoxville, September 14, 2013

March 29, 2018

The Eucharistic Congress here in Knoxville was held five years ago. Five years later on Holy Thursday we have the opportunity once again to make a wonderful expression of our faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This homily is an invitation to all of us to do this, to proclaim Jesus Christ present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Holy Eucharist.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2003 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2003 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

April 21, 2017

"Give thanks to the Lord ... his mercy endures forever."

Today the word of God tells the story of how the early community of the Church exercised mercy. It likewise explains the full story of God's mercy in the institution of the Sacrament of Penance for the forgiveness of sins. Mercy is revealed as God's love in the face of our sins, our needs, our weaknesses. Our response to Divine Mercy is found in these words: "Jesus, I trust in you." 

 

Easter Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, April 16, 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville

Easter Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, April 16, 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville

April 16, 2017

"He has been raised from the dead, and is going before you ...."

Christ's Resurrection is his victory over sin and death – a victory which he shares with us. Christ's Resurrection is also a challenge for us to embrace his forgiveness and to live in newness of life.

 

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Saturday, March 29,1997 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Saturday, March 29,1997 in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis

April 15, 2017

"He is risen; he is not here!"

The moment has come to proclaim: "Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! Alleluia! Alleluia!" The Church does more than this. By Baptism she transmits to us a share in Christ's Resurrection. The Resurrection of Jesus and his new life are the basis of our life as baptized Christians. As such, we are called to live and worship God worthily.

 

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali for Good Friday, April 14, 2017 in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali for Good Friday, April 14, 2017 in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville

April 14, 2017

The Death of Jesus: A Wonderful Exchange

In taking on our humanity, Jesus receives the power to die. By his death he gives us the power to live forever with God.

Homily for Mass of the Lord’s Supper by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St.Louis, March 27, 1997

Homily for Mass of the Lord’s Supper by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral in St.Louis, March 27, 1997

April 13, 2017

Do this in memory of me.

The core of our celebration at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is the love of Jesus that inspired him to give us the Eucharist and the Priesthood. We are invited by him to imitate his love in humble service.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Thursday, March 27, 1997 at the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral Basilica in St.Louis.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Holy Thursday, March 27, 1997 at the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral Basilica in St.Louis.

April 13, 2017

Gift and Ministry of the Priesthood

The Chrism Mass invites us to reflect on the gift and mystery of the priesthood and on our relationship with Jesus. It draws or attention to the importance of the blessed Oils and consecrated Chrism with which four sacraments are administered.

Homily for Palm Sunday 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knoxville

Homily for Palm Sunday 2017 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knoxville

April 10, 2017

During Lent we have been accompanying Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, where he undergoes death and will rise from the dead. Today, Palm Sunday, we have reached Jerusalem where Jesus accomplishes his mission and where we receive from him the pledge of victory over sin and death.

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 1998 in the Cathedral of Saint Louis

Homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 1998 in the Cathedral of Saint Louis

March 1, 2017

On Ash Wednesday we begin our Lenten journey that will take us to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. It is a period of God's deep action in our souls. In this Lenten journey we are called to be faithful to our baptismal commitment, which includes a special invitation to prayer and to works of mercy.

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